Texoma's Topwater Stripers
Brave the madding crowds for serious surface action
Oklahoma Early on any July morning, the "Striper Armada," 50 to 100 boats strong, sets out on sprawling Lake Texoma following schools of striped bass as they leave the cool, deep waters of the lake's main pool to chase their breakfast. The stripers drive shad along the bluffs and tremendous topwater action ensues. "You'll see a shad blow up out of the water, then you'll see a big washtub-sized boil underneath him," says fisheries biologist Paul Mauck. Concentrate your search for feeding bass around the railroad bridge and the dam on the north-south arm of the lake, on the Red River Arm along the Eisenhower bluffs and in the Two Rivers area.